Originally Posted by whburgess
I thought I had watched this attentively, but I saw little or nothing, in this discussion, of what you're describing here. Maybe you could ding-a-link it.
Maybe you're talking about the discussion over the nature of Obama's 'blackness'. I can see your linkage of this to past discussions with Amy Wax and others, but I don't get the impression that was what Loury was really animated about or wanting to discuss.
I'm sure he holds the position that you describe. It would surprise me if McWhorter does not hold that position as well. In fact, Wax herself held the same position. I don't see how any reasonable person couldn't believe that black history factors in to some degree or another in the plight of black Americans. Wax's point was that the damage has been done and that white America (or America in general) is unable to fix it and that while there are things that can be done to help, the most important elements in solving the problem can only come from the the black community and black individuals themselves, and that there is misplace emphasis on what the solution is, both in the black community and in political discussion.
It would be interesting if Mcwhorter agrees more with Wax on this. I don't know enough to comment on that
Don't know how to ding a link and am too old to learn but on your last comment consider this: